TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC: Garth Announces Retirement

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Eighteen years ago today, on Oct. 26, 2000, Garth Brooks fans received disappointing news. It was on that date that the country music hitmaker, who had already achieved 18 No. 1 hits, announced that he was retiring to focus on his family.

Brooks announced his retirement on the same day that his record label, Capitol, threw him a big party at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (now Bridgestone Arena), to celebrate selling 100 million albums in the United States. The Grand Ole Opry member said at the time that he wanted to focus on raising his three daughters, Taylor, August and Allie; however, only two weeks after announcing his retirement, Brooks filed for divorce from his wife, Sandy, whom he wed in 1986.

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